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Noel Ways

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  1. This brings back such bad memories of when I had my Peacock. Humidity. I bet if you put the concertina in a controlled environment, the concertina will correct itself without any invasive assistance. Do you have a dehumidifier? My current concertinas are much less sensitive to drastic changes in environmental conditions. Still, nevertheless, when the humid summer months come upon us, my "tinas" do a yearly migration to an area in the home where these issues are controlled. Admittedly, it is a little inconvenient, but it works.
  2. A beauty of the concertina is its portability. When the size becomes "excessive," perhaps one should consider a free reed organ?!? https://www.youtube.com/user/ReedOrganSociety
  3. Here are two young lads doing a bang-up job!
  4. This piece that you wrote Kathryn so reminds of MrManfid's, "For Levon":
  5. A little more background … When I first started exploring the Hayden system over a decade ago, I, too (like Stephen / Robert mentions above), thought the F# was an error on the key layout diagram. The word “Typo” came to mind back then. I thought that the diagram would surely change in time, but like others also observed, it did not (and I did check). Fast forward to the present, and I have now become a “steward” of one of these bastari instruments (as of a few months ago). I had forgotten the above layout issue - until I began to play in a few keys anticipating that lower Eb. Ouch!! Since then, I have been considering having the note changed from F# à to Eb, but before moving in that direction, I sought concertina.net’s input – which you have provided. Thanks again; this has been most helpful. I am leaning strongly to move in that direction.
  6. Can anyone tell me why the original Hayden layout (for the left hand) has an F# next to the lower F and not a Eb? I'm sure the answer is straight forward, but it just does not make sense. Many thanks in advance. Screen shot of layout attached.
  7. Hear are videos of this instrument in action
  8. Below is a nice documentary of using the concertina in education and in a group setting.
  9. That was a feast! The music had a particular depth and feeling. I have never been a connoisseur of poetry, but there have been a few exceptions. The recitation of the poem at the end is one of the few. I am also amazed that the music was done on a lowly 20 button anglo (maybe I should not consider it "lowly" anymore)!
  10. Keep your dog!! Perhaps this thread will provide some encouragement:
  11. There are several videos by this group which are sweet. This one boasts a concertina. I suspect that this group is new to most of us, so thought it worth sharing. Best
  12. I agree with Saguar-squeezer. You are onto something. I don't think this portative organ project should be given up but rather developed.
  13. I love this instrument. Many years ago, before I took up the concertina, I endeavored to build a small pipe organ, and in the process made about 20-30 pipes. Eventually, the project was abandoned, but not because of it's doability. Now the smaller pipes have been made into Christmas ornaments and the larger ones may someday become bases for lamps. But with this said, I have often wondered if this was possible, but usually push it out of mind as a silly "pipe-dream". I would really like to hear this play, if possible. Great innovation. congratulations!!
  14. When I first starting playing concertina I used binocular straps. They worked surprisingly well. I would not hesitate to use them again, if and when I decide to play standing up. They are very adaptable, and there is no neck strain (which is the main reason they are designed in the first place). Here is an exploratory link: https://www.google.com/search?q=binocular+straps&tbm=isch&tbs=rimg:CTefivmOCstLImBC8FOl4acGozmeXAYVn_1p6fJRAexvV3c1RmKwnxnE5mcQdd_1xb5azBTgqIYIDIhXQIe6vbvws2NmMfdbwKtIEXBrPFuBnCho5kN76sxi_10n812yTy0hEuakxB8KBwYGk4qEglC8FOl4acGoxFghilP-RY-cioSCTmeXAYVn_1p6EdgTod78NAmaKhIJfJRAexvV3c0RxTEc0M-R4MMqEglRmKwnxnE5mREfsTU3K_1El4CoSCcQdd_1xb5azBEYgg_1YQkNY9oKhIJTgqIYIDIhXQRvJNyWmqB6BsqEgkIe6vbvws2NhGS9xVuGt1RoSoSCWMfdbwKtIEXEeEZfT_1uERFHKhIJBrPFuBnCho4R0vGlJ7A5NBYqEglkN76sxi_10nxGedg_1hHDCqrioSCc12yTy0hEuaEYEgWYKC2mPBKhIJkxB8KBwYGk4ROtC0mCwPUmQ&tbo=u&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwikz4jNi7XkAhWhm-AKHS_-DewQuIIBegQIARAz&biw=1425&bih=1123&dpr=1
  15. Welcome! And thank you for the introduction. When my son texted me the clip, he added the comment, "summer job for Dad". It was, of course, a tease. But your dexterity and command of the instrument got my attention
  16. You are right. I'll correct the first posting. Thanks!
  17. The link is fixed. For some reason when uploaded it was designated "private". It's now "public". Sorry about that. (The clip is ont14 seconds long) https://youtu.be/95vtkmQd12c
  18. My son is visiting Quebec and texted me a very short video clip of a fellow playing an English Concertina is some square. Does anyone know who he is? Thanks!! https://youtu.be/95vtkmQd12c
  19. I found an impressive video by Simon Keegan-Phipps. I would like to view more of his playing, but cannot find any online. Does anyone know where I might find more examples of his playing? Thanks! https://ruslar.pro/video/YrM45PT9nRE
  20. A question about the ledger. Just yesterday I had looked up my Wheatstone, likewise made in 1912. I see the Date, model number, description, and serial number, but could someone fill me in on what the number in parenthesis refers to? Thanks in advance!
  21. Sounds like a humidity issue to me (the seasons are changing). Don't do anything until you know that this is not the issue. Also, your Ceili is still under warrantee (I think) so you may also want to contact them, but I would rule out humidity first. Perhaps this "Concertina Care" thread might help:
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